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THE DARK ONES By Bryan Smith

Published November 12, 2013 by Shadow Girl

The Dark OnesThe Dark Ones by Bryan Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I checked out some of the other reviews after finishing this book, and I’m really surprised by some of the negativity.
Admittedly, I knew what to expect from a Bryan Smith novel, (that’s why I read it in the first place), so I’m not shocked by the violence, or the sex, or the sex with violence & violence with sex!
I’m at the point of my literary life where I’m seeking out the darker & more disturbing works, and am happy that Cathy suggested Bryan Smith, (among a few others). After reading Spooky Stacks Four Horror Tales in October, picking up Smith was an easy decision to make – (his short, Pizza Face, was great, interesting, sick & I loved it!) the hard part was choosing which book! I try to make my decisions on only the book’s synopsis – I avoid the reviews, usually until I write my own. I have a few that I already own to pick from, and I think I chose The Dark Ones only because of the cover! It’s still close to Halloween/Samhain, all the decorations aren’t boxed up yet, let’s go with some Demon Worship! Haha 🙂
We’re introduced to a group of teens still in high-school, the misfits, the outcasts. The Dark Ones. Nothing too outrageous, they’re the group of friends a lot of us had. They sneak out & stay out all night, but mostly keep to themselves. One of the guys finds an abandoned house, something that’s happened before, and they are going to check it out, hang out there until the novelty wears off and they move on to the next thing. But, little do they know… their actions, starting with unboarding the front door, are breaking numerous binding spells put in place to hold an evil they could have never expected.
Once the demon is awakened, he has a little fun in the basement, then he hitches a ride with one of the Dark Ones to get his revenge on the people who bound him. He has some extra demon fun along the way, so be prepared for a lot of blood, and some demon sex that starts off a little uncomfortably (Not that way, pervert! Haha) until you get used to the fact that the vessel is only that, just a sack of skin to dress up in. It’s previous owner is… asleep, for lack of a better term.
Now… You tell me…What’s your favorite Bryan Smith book? Which one should I read next?

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WARM BODIES book trailer (OFFICIAL)

Published June 10, 2013 by Shadow Girl

This is a NOT the trailer for the movie!
It’s an ad for the novel, created by the author himself.

“R is a man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R but also his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world. Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.”

THE SORROW KING by Anderson Prunty

Published February 27, 2013 by Shadow Girl

THE SORROW KING

Anderson Prunty

“There is but one truely serious psychological problem – and that is suicide.”
~ Albert Camus
cover
The life of a small town…
The death of a small town…
Gethsemane was a small rural town. As small rural towns went it was a sleepy little burg. It woke up with the sun. It went to bed with the moon. The fields had been planted, and now the farmers watched them grow.
And the teenagers who normally ran rampant about the town – fucking, drinking, and vandalizing away the days – were afraid to leave their houses.
The teenagers in Gethsemane are dying.
When the news and papers finally pick up the story, they call it ‘The Suicide Virus’, but two residents of this town, Stephen & Elise, know differently. This is no virus.
But, let us not get ahead of ourselves here. THE SORROW KING is not the first thing I’ve read by Anderson Prunty, although it is the best so far. When I picked up the others, it was before I knew what Bizarro Fiction was, before I knew Prunty’s name. Knowing this now, I fully intend to go back and re-read my copy of Jack and Mr. Grin, and dive into the (at least) five other titles I already own.
Prunty does an excellent job with characterization. I got to know the main players well, Steven & Elise, Steven’s dad – Conner, Drifter Ken…(I would like more on this character – a SS maybe? There’s another story in Ken Blanchard.) You can get a feel of each character, without ever getting the feeling of TMI.
Alright. That’s way more than I’ve ever said on that. The story just grabs you in the first chapter, and never let up. I never had a moment of wanting to stop reading, and when I had to… I’d start again asap. This wasn’t one that just sat there like – ‘meh. whenever.’ It’s dark. Surreal.
It’s uncomfortable in spots. Capturing the teenaged mind all too vividly, it drags you through those disheartening emotions. Those days when every trouble is multiplied x100. There are some graphic sexual pieces. But, your not a prude. Not if your reading my reviews. They may be cringe worthy if you remember their ages, I do know a lot Steven’s sexual fantasies now. Hmm.
Back to the story.
The teenagers in Gethsemane (Ohio) are dropping like flies. Dying in apparent suicides. Steve knows better, he feels it, he’s writing about it in his sleep, but how can he stop it? Elise knows better, too. But, she believes she might be part of the problem.
Conner, desperately trying to make certain his son doesn’t become a statistic, starts looking for answers, too. The story he hears from the town’s Drifter is one of ghosts and poisoned towns.
Behind it all, is the Sorrow King. The Jackthief. And he’s growing stronger each day.
Did that grab ya? How ’bout this… “There are no happy endings in Hell”.

Visit
LOWERED EXPECTATIONS
The something of Anderson Prunty
http://www.andersonprunty.com

And click on the links at the beginning to get your copy.

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